Review Category : Microsoft

It seems Microsoft has no plans to bring its Xbox One console to China anytime soon. Shanghai media company BesTV New Media Co., Ltd, revealed that it has plans for an entertainment development venture with Microsoft. BesTV will  hold a 51 percent share and Microsoft will hold 49 percent in the joint venture, initially planned to be known as E-Home Entertainment Development. The joint venture will develop games and related services, said BesTV. The new company’s board chairman will be chosen by BesTV and the chief executive officer by Microsoft. The total investment of both sides will reach 237 million U.S. dollars. The joint venture is expected to be registered in the newly established pilot free trade zone in Shanghai. We are yet to get a clear information on what Microsoft has exactly planned with this new venture in the Chinese market. May be a China version of Xbox One? Source: ...

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Microsoft Surface team today did a Reddit AmA on new Surface devices. I’ve collected some interesting information from the whole discussion. Read the part 1 of the same here. Part 2 content, Whether Surface Pro 2 just has updated CPU from Intel ? – To get the full benefit, it’s not just a case of switching out the CPU. For Surface Pro 2, we complexly redesigned the motherboard, performed system level tuning, upgraded to LPDDR3 RAM & low power SSD, and tuned the firmware and drivers. Touch Cover pressure sensitive nature – Hey this is StevieB. the touchcover 2 pressure sensors have 1024 pressure levels as well. But currently we do not pass the pressure data on to the operating system. All the processing is done inside touchcover.. We will try to post a demo video of how the pressure levels look.. it is pretty coo. to see (done via ...

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Microsoft Surface team today did a Reddit AmA on new Surface devices. I’ve collected some interesting information from the whole discussion. Read it through below. This is Pete K – Program Manager on Surface – the docking station comes with a power supply that will charge your Surface Pro/Surface Pro 2.  It does slide open and close to hold your Surface Pro. Pre-order tomorrow 9/24, available on 10/22. Can the whole new touch cover be used for gestures or just the non key area? – You bet.  the entire key area is live!  You can use it for select gestures….. some pretty cool ones. Will the new Surface accessories (such as the power cover and dock) work on the older Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets? – Yes. Touch Cover/Type Cover compatibility with older Surface devices – Absolutely.   Both the Type Cover 2 and Touch Cover 2 are compatible with ...

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Microsoft today posted couple of videos to promote their upcoming Surface devices. The new Surface 2 is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, with an improved battery life to up to 10 hours of video playback. The 10.6-inch ClearType display is now Full HD, and it sports full-size USB port has been upgraded to USB 3.0 for up to four times faster file transfers. Camera resolution of both front and rear camera has also increased. There is a 3.5-megapixel front camera and 5-megapixel rear camera, both capable of capturing 1080p video and featuring improved low-light performance, making face-to-face conversation with your favorite people crisp and clear. And more importantly the Surface 2 is slightly thinner and lighter than its predecessor. Surface Pro 2 is the successor to Surface Pro and is powered by a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor which, combined with other improvements, delivers increased performance and up to 60 percent longer battery ...

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I think the dancing videos are finally starting to make sense to me, they were just a year too early.  The Verge reports: That’s the Surface Remix Project, which is part modified Touch Cover and part Garage Band-style DJ app. It’s a simple, fun tool to play with, letting you create your own customizable controller, chop up your MP3s, and spin to your heart’s content. Avicii I am not (even with the Remix Project’s help), but I was easily layering screaming Linkin Park vocals over a booming kick drum in no time. The Remix Project Cover, with 16 numbered buttons, three sliders, and eight keys for volume and control, is impressive — it was fast and responsive, even as I slid up and down on the sliders. Part of that is no doubt due to the Surface 2 attached to it (the Cover also works with the Surface Pro and Surface ...

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Microsoft unveiled the Surface 2, Surface Pro 2, and new accessories at a press event in New York City today.  Among the new accessories was the successor to the Type Cover, the Type Cover 2 which includes a backlit keyboard and comes in new colors. Extend the battery life of your Surface. Click in Power Cover and get that extra time you need to make it through that last meeting or the rest of the flight. It’s like a keyboard and battery in one. Power Cover: Power Cover delivers the same great typing experience you get with Type Cover while extending the battery life of your Surface 2, Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 by up to 50 percent to help you make it through that late-night meeting or the entire flight. Power Cover will have an estimated retail price of $199.99 and has a projected release date of early 2014. ...

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Microsoft unveiled the Surface 2, Surface Pro 2, and new accessories at a press event in New York City today.  Among the new accessories was the successor to the Type Cover, the Type Cover 2 which includes a backlit keyboard and comes in new colors. Perfect for life on the go—that’s the Arc Touch Mouse. Comfortable, elegant, and eye-catching, with an innovative design that allows for quick use and storage. Enjoy a clutter-free work experience with BlueTrack Technology and precision control. Arc Touch Mouse Surface Edition: This special-edition Arc Touch Mouse has been updated to match the look of Surface. Like other Arc Touch mice, it is designed for comfort and flattens for portability. It connects via Bluetooth 3.0, freeing Surface’s USB port for use by other devices. Arc Touch Mouse Surface Edition will have an estimated retail price of $69.99 and will be available for pre-order in the U.S. and ...

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Microsoft unveiled the Surface 2, Surface Pro 2, and new accessories at a press event in New York City today.  Among the new accessories was a docking station which will allow the Surface to be a full desktop replacement for many. Connect to all of your favorite accessories to Surface Pro—an external monitor, Ethernet, speakers, full-size keyboard, printer and other peripherals. Instantly go from road warrior to desktop master. Docking Station for Surface Pro: The Docking Station for Surface Pro lets you quickly connect Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 to desktop PC peripherals in a single step, taking you from laptop to desktop in an instant. While Surface Pro or Surface Pro 2 is docked, it can connect with an external monitor, Ethernet, speakers and power supply. PC peripherals connect via its one USB 3.0 port and three USB 2.0 ports. The Docking Station for Surface Pro will have ...

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Microsoft unveiled the Surface 2, Surface Pro 2, and new accessories at a press event in New York City today.  Among the new accessories was the successor to the Type Cover, the Type Cover 2 which includes a backlit keyboard and comes in new colors. Same super-thin, lightweight design of the original Type Cover, but now backlit and available in four colors. With a QWERTY keyboard, a full row of Function keys (F1-F12), shortcut keys, media controls, and trackpad. Colors vary by market. Type Cover 2: Type Cover 2 features the same super-thin, lightweight design of the original Type Cover, but it’s now backlit and will be available in Cyan, Magenta, Purple and Black in the coming months. It’s also more rigid, providing a better lap-typing experience, and is designed to be noticeably quieter when striking keys. Type Cover 2 will have an estimated retail price of $129.99. It will be ...

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Microsoft today announced two new Surface models — Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 — along with an expanded portfolio of new Surface accessories. If you missed the live blog and other coverage, you can now watch the whole event on-demand. Update: Link http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/presskits/surface/surfaceevent.aspx (sorry people –Suril) These new products will be available at Microsoft retail stores, http://www.MicrosoftStore.com and select third-party retailers in 22 initial markets, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States on Oct. 22 and China in early November. Additional markets will be announced in the coming months. ...

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Microsoft unveiled the Surface 2, Surface Pro 2, and new accessories at a press event in New York City today.  Among the new accessories was a wireless adapter for the Surface Type Covers, which transform the keyboard into a Bluetooth enabled device for wireless typing. Connect any Surface Typing Cover to Surface using Bluetooth® wireless technology. Type emails from the couch while Surface is plugged into your TV, or work collaboratively in the conference room. Wireless Adapter for Typing Covers: The Wireless Adapter for Typing Covers connects magnetically to any Touch or Type Cover, letting you type from anywhere in the room using Bluetooth technology, so it is even easier to connect Surface to a TV or monitor and type from another location, such as the couch. Wireless Adapter for Typing Covers will have an estimated retail price of $59.99. It will be available for pre-order in the U.S. and ...

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Microsoft today revealed their next generation Surface Pro device called Surface Pro 2. The main improvement over the current generation model is the processor. Surface Pro 2 is now powered by latest Intel Haswell processors which improves performance and battery life over previous generation processors. Surface Pro 2 is the successor to Surface Pro and, like its predecessor, is a true laptop replacement, capable of running all your Windows software including the full Microsoft Office suite, as well as apps from the Windows Store. Surface Pro 2 offers the portability and simplicity of a tablet when you want it and the power and flexibility of a laptop when you need it. It is powered by a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor which, combined with other improvements, delivers increased performance and up to 60 percent longer battery life than Surface Pro. Starting at $899, Surface Pro 2 will be offered in ...

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Microsoft is really starting to make its case as a ‘Devices & Services’ company.  Customers who purchase a new Surface 2 or Surface Pro 2 will get: To help people get the most out of Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2, customers purchasing either device will receive free Skype calling to landlines in more than 60 countries for one year, unlimited Skype WiFi on their Surface 2 or Surface Pro 2 at more than 2 million hot spots worldwide for one year, and 200 GB of free SkyDrive storage for two years. ...

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It appears Microsoft has learned from its mistakes and you will be able to pre-order the Surface shortly after today’s announcement (starting tomorrow).  It will launch in 22 markets simultaneously on October 22nd. Pre-order Surface Customers can pre-order Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 starting at 8 a.m. EDT on Sept. 24, 2013, at http://www.MicrosoftStore.com, Microsoft Stores, and Best Buy in the U.S. and Canada, as well as select retailers in most Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 launch markets. ...

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Microsoft unveiled the Surface 2, Surface Pro 2, and new accessories at a press event in New York City today.  Among the new accessories was a Car Charger with USB, which will be very useful to professionals who travel frequently. Charge up your Surface while you’re on the go using the Car Charger with USB Port. Stuck in traffic between meetings? Give your Surface a charging boost. The Car Charger plugs into most car charging ports. Car Charger with USB: Car Charger plugs into most cars’ power or lighter ports and charges Surface without the need for an additional adapter. It also features a USB port to allow simultaneous charging of a phone or other device. Car Charger will have an estimated retail price of $49.99 and has a projected release date of early 2014. ...

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